noah's noisy zoo {giveaway}

It's another cute board book giveaway! Noah's Noisy Zoo is sure to be a hit with the babe in your arms. The text is simple, but the beautiful, vibrant pictures of animals are sure to be good eye candy for your sweet tot ....more

jesus calling for little ones {giveaway}

I own the adult version of Jesus Calling as well as the children's devotional, so I was super excited when Thomas Nelson also released a Jesus Calling for Little Ones! It could be my obsession with super cute board books, but I think it goes beyond that. This little book for 0-4 year olds is a smaller, simpler version of the beloved Jesus Calling books that have challenged and encouraged me and my kids over the years ....more

independence day celebrations

We had a great, relaxed time on Saturday celebrating American Independence Day in South Africa! We started with some patriotic pancakes, cooked by moi, designed by Emma G. A bring and bbq in the late afternoon provided an assortment of cuisine the complimented our desserts, berries on skewers and fruit tart made with homemade lemon curd!Card playing was part of the entertainment while waiting for the meat to finish ....more

happy 4th!

The 4th of July brings so many happy memories to my heart. It's one of those holidays that I feel the need to celebrate no matter what country I'm in. My American friends, as you begin your festive gatherings tomorrow, we'll have already enjoyed our barbecue and fireworks show ....more

appreciate the differences

Differences are everywhere. It's what makes us beautiful and unique. It's also what can be difficult ....more

scary close {giveaway}

I just finished reading Donald Miller's newest book, Scary Close. He takes a very up close and personal look at relationships and intimacy. He's raw and real about his own life, his own mistakes and learnings that have led him to believe true intimacy is scary ....more

curry and babies

Joshua was conceived 14 years ago next month in a little bamboo hut in a refugee camp in Northern Thailand. TMI? Sorry, guys ....more

outdoor pallet coffee table {diy}

Some of you got wind of my pallet project(s) on Instagram. It's slow going, but I've had the table done for a couple of weeks now, and I think it's high time I showed you! It's super simple, y'all, and as you've probably gotten used to, I have no photos of the process ....more

gymnastics competition

Last Friday Emma Grace had her Level 1 gymnastics competition. I've always loved watching the Winter Olympic gymnastics competitions on TV. While this was on a much smaller scale, the mats were all a buzz with activity...floor exercise, uneven bars, parallel bars, was great! ...more

a word on load shedding

If you don't know what load shedding is, I'll tell ya. South Africa doesn't have enough power to run the country, so we have frequent power outages to compensate. It's easy to get frustrated with not having electricity, but I was recently challenged to see the upside of no power ....more